Product-liability lawyers weigh pre-emption ruling

WASHINGTON — The confusing state of the U.S. Supreme Court’s pre-emption jurisprudence got trickier late last month with a ruling that threw out a state-law failure-to-warn claim on the grounds that federal law occupied the field of locomotive safety. The ruling in Kurns v. Railroad Friction Products, coupled with the mixed bag of pre-emption jurisprudence from ...

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